Winter Exploration at the Ice Sheet

5 days around Kangerlussuaq

Enjoy and explore northern lights, dog sledding, and the Greenland Ice Sheet! Take a few extra days off and jump on the plane to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland, only a 4½ hour flight from Copenhagen Airport in Denmark.

In the area around Kangerlussuaq, you will find many amazing experiences: The woolly musk oxen, lots of sled dogs, and the breathtaking mountains. Step onto the Greenland Ice Sheet, and look forward to seeing northern lights dance in the sky (on departures before April).

This is the perfect winter break!

Highlights

  • Get close to the unspoiled Arctic wilderness
  • Walk ON the Inland Ice Cap
  • Go dog sledding into the Greenlandic tundra
  • Marvel at the Northern Lights
  • Don’t miss a trip to the impressive Russell Glacier

Included

  • Return flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq with Air Greenland
  • 4 nights at Old Camp (Monday – Friday)/ Polar Lodge (Thursday – Monday) with shared bath/toilet
  • Breakfast
  • Food and beverages onboard the Air Greenland flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq
  • Welcome meeting with local English-speaking guide
  • Sightseeing
  • Towels and bed linen
  • All flight/transportation taxes and fees known to Greenland Travel at the time of publishing.
  • 20 kg of checked baggage and 8 kg of cabin baggage

Not included

  • Lunch and dinner
  • Travel Insurance
  • Excursions (we recommend you pre-book the Excursion Package)

Four-hour dog sledding

In the excursion package, we have included a two-hour trip. It is possible for you to extend this to a four-hour trip upon arrival. This is subject to weather, wind, and availability, but neither is expected to be a problem.

Day program

Day 1:
Flight Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq, welcome meeting and sightseeing

You fly from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq with Air Greenland, giving you 4½ hours to prepare for your Greenland adventure. As the aircraft approaches Greenland, the sight of nunataks and the enormous icy desert indicate what you have in store.

Kangerlussuaq welcomes you with a blast of fresh coldness. Kangerlussuaq is beautifully situated between soft hills and close to the Ice Sheet.

A guide from the local tour office will meet you upon arrival and help you to check in at Old Camp or Polar Lodge, with a wonderful view of Kangerlussuaq.

After check-in, the guide arranges an information meeting where you will get further information about the exciting Kangerlussuaq area and the many excursion options. It is now time to experience the old airbase on a guided tour by bus, giving you insight into the area’s fascinating history and nature.

Day 2:
Kangerlussuaq on your own or optional excursion to the Ice Sheet

The area around Kangerlussuaq is the only inhabited place in Greenland’s inland. All other towns and settlements are located by the coast. The climate is continental with very stable weather conditions. This was the main reason the Americans chose this place for their base. If you go for a walk in the area, there are still remnants to see from that time.

The next days, you are on your own to do what you want.

We recommend a trip to Point 660, which gives you a unique opportunity to stand on top of ice that is many, many feet thick and very old!

Excursion to the Greenland Ice Sheet, Point 660 (optional)

The Greenland Ice Sheet is the second largest ice sheet in the world and covers 80 percent of Greenland and has always attracted expeditions and researchers. And with good reason: It is a truly unique experience to look at the enormous field of ice and feel the forces of nature. Along the way, we pass the spectacular Russell Glacier, another breathtaking sight with its vertical ice wall of up to 60 meters.

Day 3:
Kangerlussuaq on your own or optional excursions: Dog sledding and northern lights tour or tundra safari

Another day with many opportunities. We highly recommend a two-hour dogsled trip.

Two-hour dog sled trip (Included in Excursion package January-March)

A dogsled trip across the frozen fjord is a wonderful and unique experience. Jump on, sit back, and enjoy the Arctic nature and fresh air, wearing warm sealskin clothing – and always keep your camera at hand.

Tundra safari (Included in Excursion package in April)

You can also go on a tundra and wildlife tour. Kangerlussuaq has incredibly beautiful nature and is home to the massive musk oxen. We will drive through the stunning tundra landscape in a 4×4 bus, and the guide will fill us in on the varied wildlife in this area.

The musk oxen live wildly in the area around Kangerlussuaq. It is impossible to predict whether we can get close to the animals or look at them from a distance. The guide always brings binoculars, so there is a very good chance of seeing these amazing animals and other wildlife in the area. Do not miss out on this exciting opportunity to explore the stunning nature and wildlife around Kangerlussuaq.

Northern Lights Tour (Included in Excursion package January-March)

If you travel in the season of the northern lights, you must embrace the opportunity to witness this phenomenon. Kangerlussuaq is one of the best places to see northern lights in Greenland because of a very stable climate. We drive away from the base into the night and await the stunning sight of nature’s light show. To see the fluttering curtain of light in various shades of green is an unforgettable sight.

Day 4:
Kangerlussuaq on your own or optional excursion to the Russell Glacier

Excursion to the Russell Glacier (optional)

Over the years, many travelers have had great experiences at the Russell Glacier. On tour to the Russell Glacier, you get to experience the spectacular glacier, which is an impressive sight with its vertical wall of ice rising to 40 meters. You may also be lucky enough to spot musk oxen, reindeer or even a hare roaming in the hills.

Day 5:
Return flight to Denmark

Your Greenland adventure has come to an end – for now at least. The Airbus is waiting to take you back to Copenhagen with arrival 4½ hours later.

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Kangerlussuaq

Winter Exploration at the Ice Sheet

5 dage ved Kangerlussuaq

This tour gives you the chance to go dog sledding in Greenland and see the northern lights! Kangerlussuaq, at the edge of the Ice Sheet, awaits you with unforgettable experiences.

from
875 EUR
per person in double room
Jan 2021 - Apr 2022   | 5 days  | 4 nights Tour no: 9009 Departure from Copenhagen Guaranteed departure

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Flight Schedule (local times)

Departure: Monday – Friday

  • Departure from Copenhagen 09:00 AM
  • Return to Copenhagen at 8:00 PM

Departure: Thursday – Monday

  • Departure from Copenhagen 10:00 AM
  • Return to Copenhagen at 8:00 PM

Please note that departure times are subject to change.

Packing List

Find the packing list for your trip here.

Baggage included

20 kilos of checked baggage and 8 kilos of cabin baggage (max. dimensions of cabin baggage: 55 x 40 x 23 cm).

Travelers with reduced mobility and wheelchair users

We do not recommend this tour for people with reduced mobility and wheelchair users. Greenland Travel’s advice regarding difficulty levels on our excursions is intended for travelers who are not disabled. We are always happy to provide you with information on the suitability of the trip, taking into account the specific needs you may have. Please note that our advice is not based on medical knowledge, and ultimately it is YOUR responsibility to decide if a tour is right for you.

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You can call us at: +45 3313 1011